I like John Wooden’s definition of success. He said, “it’s the peace of mind derived from making the absolute and complete effort to do the best of which you are capable.”
Now, you’d have thought that “winning” would’ve been his definition. After all, he and his teams won an astounding 10 national championships, including seven in a row. And if you google “greatest college basketball coaches of all time” his name will top the list.
But this is what’s so winsome about Wooden. He didn’t measure success based on winning, he measured it on the quality of his effort. As long as he and his team gave it everything they had, they were a success regardless of what the scoreboard said.
That’s a healthy definition for the s-word and one that I want to embrace. How about you? What’s your definition?